For older drivers and inexperienced drivers, driving at night is way more daunting. In fact, it is proven that more vehicle accidents happen at night than any other time. However, it shouldn’t steer you away from driving at night altogether. Poor visibility and depth perception is where most people struggle with when it comes to driving at night. However, you can follow these tips below to minimize hazards.
Clean Your Windshield
We encourage you to wipe down your windshield or clean your car to get rid of dust, bugs, and other contaminants that can take away the visibility of the road ahead. A dirty windscreen can also increase glare and worsen your vision at night.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use Your High Beams
When driving on rural or empty roads, feel free to make use of your high beams. It will brighten your view and help you see the road better. However, please remember to turn them off if you see oncoming traffic or when driving behind other vehicles.
Practice Defensive Driving
Be extra careful when driving at night. It's not as easy to see pedestrians, cyclists, road signs, or even animals at night. Make sure you minimize distractions and divert your full attention to your surroundings.
Don’t Drive Sleepy
When you drive sleepy or drowsy, it can make things more dangerous. If you feel tired, it is best to avoid driving altogether. Get some rest or atleast keep yourself up and refreshed with music or a cup of coffee.
Check Your Eyes
This is a no-brainer, but you should regularly check your eyes and keep up with your eye health. If necessary, you may need to get new glasses or contacts to maintain good vision.
Last but not least, maintenance will always improve the safety of your ride. If your car is due for maintenance, we welcome you to bring it to Gil’s Garage Inc of Half Moon soon!